Catherine Dornfeld is a PhD student in the Interactive Learning and Design Lab led by Sadhana Puntambekar. Her primary research interests involve the design Head1FuschiaSmallof distributed scaffolds that span formal and informal learning environments, STEM education, and multimodal learning. She also uses learning analytics to understand how museum visitors collaborate and learn. She hopes to design interactive, educational museum exhibits that are relevant and meaningful to diverse audiences’ lives.

Prior to her graduate school career, Catherine worked as a museum educator at the Milwaukee Public Museum and as an instructional designer for molecular biology undergraduate courses.Catherine has specialized knowledge in microbiology, genetics, biochemistry, and plants.


BSc, Microbiology, Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2011
BA, Psychology, Dept. of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2011


Dornfeld, C. L., Hoelzer, M. & Forst, S. (2012). Proteopedia entry: Beta-prime subunit of bacterial RNA polymerase. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 40(4), 284